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History And Politics In The Work Of Jacques Derrida, Oriel Eisner Jan 2015

History And Politics In The Work Of Jacques Derrida, Oriel Eisner

Comparative Literature Graduate Theses & Dissertations

This thesis will address three of Jacques Derrida's later works, which are also some of his more explicitly political texts, in order to delineate what type of political thought or engagement Derrida's work both takes on, and promotes. The three texts are: "Force of Law", Specters of Marx, and Rogues: Two Essays on Reason. Discussions of history are significant in all three of these works and foreground the politics Derrida is concerned with. Derrida's discussion of history seeks to respond to a dominant/traditional understanding of history as teleological or linear. This understanding of history also determines ...